Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi's brother Shamsher Singh on Tuesday moved the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking quashing of proceedings in an alleged human trafficking case dating back to 2003. Both are accused in the case.
Shamsher has told the court that a compromise had been arrived at between them and those who had filed the case against them on May 18 with the intervention of panchayat elders through an agreement. Hence, the proceedings of the FIR registered against them be quashed. The case is being adjudicated in a Patiala court.
The single-judge bench of justice Mahesh Grover has issued a notice to the Punjab government and other parties for October 20.
The Patiala police had registered a case against Daler, Shamsher and others after complainants claimed that they had paid over Rs 20 lakh each to the Mehndi brothers for help in immigration to some Western country. Bakshish Singh, the main complainant in the case, claimed that they (accused) had promised to take him and other members of his music and dance troupe abroad and help them settle there. Bakshish had also alleged that neither were they taken abroad nor did the brothers return their money.
The case was registered in 2003 at Patiala Sadar police station. Daler was arrested after the registration of the case and released on bail after a few days. Daler and Shamsher were charged with forgery, conspiracy and cheating. The petitioner has also demanded that during the pendency of the petition in the high court, proceedings in the lower court be stayed.